The Philippines is truly a diverse country. Aside from having thousands of islands, fifty different ways to cook adobo, we also have hundreds of languages and dialects.
Filipinos are also innovative. One of the popular lingo or slang that came about during the 20th Century is known as Swardspeak or Beki.
The Philippine Gay lingo is built upon words, expressions, and existing languages (local and foreign). It's full of allusion to popular culture, celebrities, places, and even events.
Bekispeak is unique and shows Filipino ingenuity and adaptability to culture.
In honor of Pride Month, one LGBT Advocate came up with a compilation of Beki words to help those who would like to learn the lingo.
I'd like to thank my brother, Angelo, for coming up with this helpful collection. I've always wanted to learn a new language.
Let the Beksionary be your guide.
Here are 18 Beki words to add to your growing vocabulary.
1. Chanda Romero = Tiyan
2. Ermingarde / Gardo Versoza = Guard
3. Morayta / Murels / Muriatic = Mura
4. AFAM = Foreigner
5. Egyptian Airlines / Jipamy = Jeepney
6. Kota Kinabalu = Quota
7. Maharlika = Mahal
8. Thundercats = Matanda
9. Kyota / Bataan = Bata
10. Lilet = Batang Beki
11. Anda / Ades = Pera
12. Purita Mirasol/Pureza = Poor/Mahirap
13. Jinit Jackson = Mainit
14. Boogie Wonderland = Bugbog
15. Busabos / Buselya = Bus
16. Debbie Gibson = Give
17. Portugal = Matagal
18. Bahamas = Baha
Do you know any of these words?
Have words to add to the Beksionary? Please feel free to leave a comment.